Saturday morning preview specials

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Saturday morning preview specials were aired on television annually to present previews of each network's fall lineup of Saturday morning children's programming. Like for their new prime time counterpart shows, television networks in the United States and Canada would film a preview special for the fall season. These would often air as part of the regular network schedule, or be made available to their affiliates for airing at any time, especially to fill timeslots which contained programming canceled months before.

Overview[edit]

Typical air times[edit]

The Saturday morning previews were generally aired on the network in prime-time, usually the Friday night before the new schedule began. Specials were staggered between differing time slots and days in order to allow each network's show to stand out.

Format[edit]

The preview specials are usually hosted by stars of one or more of the network's popular series and feature an array of special guests, with the continuity between each program preview being fictionalized with a small plot or theme to keep viewers interested. The previews were for new and returning series, with each preview featuring the show's opening credits and a scene from that program. They also unveiled a network's new imaging for Saturday morning programming.

Decline[edit]

With the changes in direction for Saturday morning, in light of FCC rules requiring programming to be educational or informational and media consolidation, especially with CBS's Viacom ownership until 2005 and ABC's Disney ownership which caused those companies to market their all-children's networks (Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, respectively) much more than their broadcast counterparts, causing purposeful viewership declines. The exodus of this programming to cable, along with the outsourcing of children's blocks to other parties meant the preview specials on the legacy "Big 3" networks all but disappeared by the start of the new millennium, with Fox being the last network to still feature annual specials (even though Fox's Saturday morning block was programmed by 4Kids TV, which aired on other stations in larger markets in syndication arrangements, meaning that those specials advertised programming that didn't actually air on those Fox stations). Fox, incidentally, abandoned all children's programming in favor of the Weekend Marketplace paid programming block in December 2008; the block was eventually leased in fall 2014 to an outside E/I programmer.

Year-by-year guide[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC Funshine Saturday Sneak Peek 1974 on IMDb
  2. ^ ABC's Saturday Sneek Peek on IMDb
  3. ^ Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star Saturday on IMDb
  4. ^ Pac Preview Party on IMDb
  5. ^ ABC Sneak Peek with Step by Step on IMDb
  6. ^ ABC Saturday Morning Jam on IMDb
  7. ^ Scheimer, Lou (2012). Creating The Filmation Generation. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 1-60549-044-X.
  8. ^ http://www.platypuscomix.net/kidzone/satamhogg.html
  9. ^ Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular on IMDb
  10. ^ "Saturday Morning Video Fare To Be Previewed". The Rock Hill Herald. 1 September 1973.
  11. ^ The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars on IMDb
  12. ^ NBC Saturday Morning Preview: The Yummy Awards on IMDb
  13. ^ Back to Next Saturday on IMDb
  14. ^ Alvin Goes Back to School on IMDb
  15. ^ Alf Loves a Mystery on IMDb
  16. ^ http://www.pjbproductions.com/vfx.htm
  17. ^ https://archive.org/details/G-Fan_060_Daikaiju_2003_WildBlueZero/page/n75
  18. ^ https://www.thefreelibrary.com/amp/%60What%27s+Inside+the+FOX+BOX%3F%27+Find+Out+in+the+Half-hour+Special...-a090892234
  19. ^ The Fight for the Fox Box on IMDb

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